President Donald Trump hosted the White House official ceremony on Tuesday, Sept. 15, where the historic peace agreements between Israel, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain were officially signed.
President Donald Trump signed the diplomatic pacts agreed to weeks ago between Israel and two Persian Gulf nations. The agreements are expected to create a new order in the Middle East that will end decades of war and misery, generating a multiplier effect among the other countries in the region by promoting a future of peace, stability, and prosperity.
“Today, nations across the region and throughout the world are joining together, united in their determination to build a better future.” President Trump said at a press conference before signing the peace treaties with his Middle Eastern peers.
In August, the president had already confirmed an agreement between the United Arab Emirates and Israel normalizing their economic and political relations. It was the first such agreement between Israel and a major Arab country since 1994.
On August 13, President Trump said of the peace negotiations between the two countries: “After 49 years, Israel and the United Arab Emirates will fully normalize their diplomatic relations. They will exchange embassies and ambassadors and begin cooperation across the board and on a broad range of areas including tourism, education, healthcare, trade, and security,” said ABCNews after a media press conference.
Last week, as President Trump announced in a press release, Israel also agreed with Bahrain on a mutual commitment to begin the process of exchanging embassies and ambassadors, developing direct flights between the two countries, and launching cooperative initiatives in a wide range of sectors.
The agreements also included key development issues such as education, health, trade, and security. They are the beginning of normalized relations between Israel and its neighbors, with more likely to follow, they said today from the White House.
From these agreements between Israel, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain, it is hoped that peace will be strengthened in the region. An essential factor is that Muslims will now have greater access to the Al Aqsa Mosque for peaceful prayer, countering extremists who use the false narrative that al-Aqsa Mosque is under attack and that Muslims cannot pray at the holy site.
The two agreements are no mere coincidence; they result from the Trump administration’s political decision to redouble efforts to rebuild the confidence of countries in the Middle East region both with the United States and with each other, and thus move them away from the conflicts of the past.
According to the White House statement, President Trump expressed a decisive repudiation of the United States’ international policy approaches in previous years, which only served to help fuel division while doing nothing to prevent conflict in the Middle East.
Instead, thanks to new policies, the Middle East and Africa nations are increasingly working together to build a more peaceful and prosperous future.
It is hoped that normalized relations will succeed in accelerating growth and economic opportunities throughout the region by allowing for the expansion of trade and financial ties.